What’s A Good Substitute for Cloves?

Substitute For Cloves

There are many popular recipes out there that call for the addition of cloves. With a powerful and distinctive flavor, this potent spice is often the one key component that gives a dish the boost it needs to go from ordinary to extraordinary.

Cloves are common enough that it’s typical for most cooks to keep them stocked and available. Then again, there comes a time in the life of every chef when an ingredient is either overlooked on the recipe list or you think you have it only to realize (too late!) that you’re all out.

Luckily, even the most casual of cooks most likely keeps at least one spice on hand that can make a great substitute for cloves.

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Herbes de Provence: Flavors of the French Countryside

Herbes de Provence

Origin of Herbes de Provence

Herbes de Provence (or “Herbs of Provence”) is a mixture consisting of common herbs native to the Provence region in southeast France.

As French cuisine gained popularity in the U.S. and abroad during the 1970’s, commercial herb blends bearing the name “Herbes de Provence” began to become available. However, these mixtures typically come from North Africa, China, and Central and eastern Europe—not from France.

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Coriander Vs. Cumin: SPICEography Showdown

Coriander vs Cumin

Complementary spices square off…

Few spices pair as well as coriander and cumin. With flavors that complement each other so beautifully, it’s no wonder that these two spices are often used together. Not only does this dynamic duo play a starring role in various dishes, but it’s not unusual for one of these spices to be mistaken for the other.

In this spice versus spice showdown, you can examine these spices from a few key angles and determine how coriander and cumin really measure up!

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